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The WNBA Fan Forum celebrates Dads and Daughters Week
Fans' Favorite Memories

My favorite Dad and Daughter memory brings me back to the WNBA All-Star game in Phoenix, Arizona. I won a writing contest sponsored by the WNBA and my father and I won round trip tickets to and from Phoeniz, free game tickets, and all the trimmings. I couldn't believe it when they called me to let me know we had won the contest. My father continues now to be a positive influence in my life, recently I had a child and he has been my backbone to continue to strive for greatness and to teach and raise my daughter as being the world to me. We really enjoyed the trip and it has given us one more thing to talk about around the table as we gather and remember this wonderful father's day. It wouldn't have been possible if there was no WNBA and if there wasn't a father like mine. TO all the father's out there keep doing what your doing and we will continue to show our love and appreciation to you the only way we know how by saying it over and over again... WE LOVE YOU!
-Michelle, Millington, TN

My favorite sport moment with my dad would be seeing my dad at every soccer game my freshmen year of college. The reason is because he never came to any soccer games when I played in High school. He only went to my basketball games. He is a great dad and I love to see him on the sidelines.
-Qualey, Benedicta, ME

My favorite memory is pretty simple: Friday night high school football games. My dad has taken me to almost every game of the local high school team since I was about 4 or 5 (i'm now 15). There's no one game that sticks out as the best, it's just the memories of spending time with my dad.
-Sarah, Columbus, OH

My favorite sports story with my somewhat famous dad "UCONN TED" the guy who sports the "Cat in the Hat" attire and gets the crowds cheering at the womens UCONN games for the past 10 years is when I was a freshman in high school in my very first game, the ball was tipped to me and my dad yelled, :Go, Tammy, Go!" and I did. I raced to the basket and scored the very first basket of my career for the other team!
-Tammy, Fremont, N.H.

BreAnna is fifteen and I have coached her team for the past seven years. More than the buzzer beaters that she has hit, I treasure the conversations we have had during rides to and from practices and games. It isn't about the wins and losses...its about learning to compete. She has played hundreds of games, and through those, she has learned the value of preparation, about focus, about total commitment. These are traits that will serve her well in life.
-Brett, Blue Springs, MO

I would love to share my great memories about my dad with you. I would like to say, "my dad taught me how to play basketball." However, my dad helped me with my English and World History homework and on Saturdays we play ball outside in the driveway. I love my dad because he is always there for me. Sometimes, I wish my dad would help my friends because their dad is never around. My dad always tell me, "Asia, if you want to leave this little town; you will need education first. Then we can practice the smooth 3pt shot (smile)." Sometimes, I don't want to hear that but I appreciate his help because I am rank number 3 in my freshman class.
-Asia, Livingston, AL

I'm a single Dad and my favorite sports memory with my Daughter happened during the 2002 Pinnacle Lions Club Championship Basketball Game. We arrived at the gym and my daughter Nicole was so pumped up that she shut her finger in the car door. I opened the door so she could get her finger out and it was flattened. We went back home having never went inside the gym. Nicole iced her finger, taped it up, and we headed back to the gym. We arrived just before halftime and the coach put her in the game. Nicole was awesome in that game, and her team brought home the championship trophy. I realized at that moment just how tough Nicole was, how hungry she was for that championship, and how much the game of basketball really meant to her. I am one proud and very lucky dad!
country: United States
-Jimmy, Pinnacle, N.C.

It was my first game ever. I was in junior high school. The ball was passed to me and there I went dribbling down the court in the wrong direction. I caught on and was able to redeem myself by taking it to the hoop and scoring. On the way home, my father looked at me and said, "Good game Joni, I am always proud of you!". Then, we burst into laughter. He is the best.
-Joni, Atlanta, GA

My favorite memory with my dad was the very first WNBA game I performed at. We love going to games together, but this put it at a whole new level. We were so happy watching the game together analyzing everything, screaming for the team. Then to see the proud look on his face when I got back...it was a day that I will never forget.
-Rebecca, La Puente, CA

My favorite moment with my dad was Game 3 of last years finals in Seattle. We had season tickets the first year in 2000 and decided to get them again in 2004. When the final buzzer sounded and the Storm won it was as if we won the Championship. We both lost our voices from screaming so much. We were jumping around and hugging each other. It was so great to experience the Storm's season and especially with my daddy.
-Patrice, Kent, WA

My dad supports me in everything I do whether it's school work or my sports. In basketball he will tell me what I am doing wrong and hepls me out in our driveway. We always play one on one and doesnt get mad when I beat him by two:) I love my dad and he is the best coach/father. Thanx dad,
-Sgoose, Davenport, IA

My dad new how much of a Sue Bird fan I was, so he surprised me with a plane tickest and a game tickest to go watch Sue play. Not only did I get to spend time with my dad, but Seattle won!!
-Nicole, Wexford, PA

I adopted my daughter Ruth Riley as the middle of three adopted children when she was 9 years old. Fourteen years later, I was honored to be in Athens to see her win the Olympic gold medal on her birthday. I played some sandlot ball with her and her sister Rachel (Both played together on North Miami's high school team when they won the sectional championship). Although I played more ball with my youngest son Jacob!
-Michael, Bunker Hill, IN

When my dad drove us all the way to Los Angeles just to see my favorite team play the Sparks, but the game ended up being in Houston. I felt like Ikind of let him down, but he took us to the beach and made my day worth my while.
-Bre, Victorville, CA

Every Thing I Do With My Dad is A Best Memory For Me. I Love Him More Than He Knows.
Love U Big Duck, from Lil Duck.
- Mz A, St. Pete, FL

One of my favorite times wit my dad was my last jv game, we were down by 1 and i got fouled. i missed both my foul shots and i lost the game. But my dad just helped me up off the floor and gave me some tips and the next day he helped me with my shots in the driveway.
-Alicia, Bridgeport, CT

The best basketball moment I shared with my dad was when we won our summer league championship. At the time he was coaching me and I believe we were also undefeated that same season. Still to this day my dad is always coaching me. We can never just shoot around with out me getting coached. Sometimes I may not like it but I know its for my own good. Luv Ya Dad!!!!!!
-Tara, Rocky Mount, NC

My favorite sports memory is playing driveway basketball with my daughter, Megan. Although always the smallest player on her teams, Megan has great basketball instincts, and recently won a state free throw shooting competition.
-Rich, Lawrenceville, GA

I got married in Las Vegas in August 2003. On my wedding night instead of going back to the hotel with my new husband I went up to the hotel sports bar with my dad to check the Lynx score! Thankfully I have a very understanding husband because a week later when the Lynx made their first playoff appearance my husband and I were in a very elegant restaurant on our honeymoon and my dad was giving me play by play on my cell phone while we ate because I wasn't able to make it back for the game! The WNBA is a great bonding experience for any father/daughter team, I know it's brought my dad and I closer...GO LYNX!!
-Nikky, Hudson, WI

Wow, the best memory that i have with my father, was about 3 years ago. It was my last year on my varsity elementary school. It was teh CYO Championship versus our hated rival, Xavier. There was about 12 seconds left and we were down by one piont in the game and we called a time out. I went over to my father for some advice. He told me advice that i will never forget. "It doesn't matter if you lose, winners never quit and quitters never win." After that i knew i had to win. We came out of the timeout and they drew up a play for one of our guards. The play didn't work but i got the offensive rebound put it up and we won the game. I ran over to my dad and thanked him for everything. I will never forget that day. St. Frances de Chantal Bronx CYO Champions.
country: United States
-Tiana, Bronx, NY

Some of the best memories I have with my dad are of us playing bball in the driveway ... after I had played a big game @ school, in the rain, when it was dark outside. He never got upset and always encouraged me to do my best.
-Lorin, Tampa, FL

When i was 10 my dad took me to my first WNBA game it was the Sparks against the Washington Mystics. I thought that i was the luckiest girl in the world because he sad that he had a big surprise for me and when the game was over he had gotten one of he friends to let me meet Lisa Leslie my idol when i was 10 now i am 14 and i will never forget that day.
-Lauren, Duluth, MN

My favorite memoriy that i have w/ my dad is every time we play basketball together even though i smoke him it's nice 2 know he cares about my dream of being a pro basketball player in the WNBA.I love my dad , and i always will.
-Vivian, Bowling Green, OH

My favorite experience with my father is that he came all the way down from Maryland to Hammond, La to come and see us (Southwood Lady Cowboys) play for the championship game! We won and we all went out to eat and me dad was able to share this wonderful experience with me!
-Jasmine, Shreveport, LA

The best sports memory I shared with my dad was probably when we just finished playing one on one, and I beat him for the first time, but immediatly after that I was pitching to him. On the first pitch I cut his head open and he had to get stitches. I guess it was payback time for beating him...
-Clare, Grosse Pte. Farms, MI

I took my daughter to her first NBA game back in March of 2002. It was a game at the Fleet Center in Boston. The Celtics were playing the Charlotte Hornets. Over the past 13 years I have not watched alot of NBA games. The reason why I don't watch as often now is because, I beleive the game has changed alot from the Larry Bird era. However, that Friday night was special to me at the Fleet Center. The Celtics were getting killed by the Hornets. If I had gone to the game with some friends, I am sure that I would have left the game early to beat the traffic home. I did not watch much of the game. However, I had the most fun at that game because of my daughter. She was watching the game at the edge of her seat, asking me alot of questions about the game and it was alot of fun for me to tell her. I had the best time watching her, watch the game. She devloped such a interest of the game. She decided to tryout for a traveling team in the 3rd and 4th grade league. I also had the good fortune to be able to coach her team. She has become a very good outside shooter. my hope is that she will continue her interest in basketball.
-Mike, Pembroke, NH

My soon to be 10 years old granddaughter and I both share the love of basketball. I am a soon-to-be-retired High School basketball coach; she is a player. She plays basketball and is always asking advice about her game, how to shoot and dribble. She insists that I come to her games and critique her games. I send this as her father, even though I'm known to her as PawPaw, because I am the only father she knows and depends on for male guidance.
-Luther, Tulsa, OK

I have had wonderful times with my dad. I always like watching games with him. That is special to me. I love playing with him and I won't to thank him for keeping me and introducing me to athletics!
-Jaleesa, Elm City, NC

My daughter is 5-1/2 and is a HUGE Seattle Storm fan. At the June 4th game, during a break in the action, she looked at me thoughtfully and asked how old the YOUNGEST player on the Storm was. I looked at the roster we had and told her that the youngest player was 21-1/2. She turned her back to me for a few moments (so I wouldn't see her counting on her fingers :-) while she figured out that the youngest player on the Storm was 16 years older than her. Then she turned and looked at me with a VERY serious look on her face and said "Well... I have A LOT of time to practice then."
-Chris, Burien, WA

My favorite sports moment with my daughter was the very first liberty game at the garden,we shared moments of laughing ,yellind defense and cheering the liberty girls threw good times and even during our losses we still stood by thier side,this beginning turned out to be the beginning of a long relationship with the wnba,it lead me to become a season ticket holder,and i am very happy to still share good moments with my daughter ,as the liberty grow stong so does my relationship with my daughter who is now 13 and wants to become a female basketball player,i also thank the liberty players who always take time out to greet thier fans, it really means alot to us.
-John, Bronx, NY

My daughter amazes me everyday with her accomplishments in school and sports. Her unselfish dedication to her family and friends is remarkable for a girl that is 11 years old. I will always remember the day of her birth as the best day of my life...
-Tim, Brick, NJ

My dad goes through so much. He has had two back surgery's, 1 neck surgery, 1 heart surgery, and a few heart attacks. But, he still finds the time everyday to take good care of us. Even if it is hard on him, he still struggles through it, to see us play a game, or take us where we need to go. Even if he had other things to do, he stops what he is doing, to help us and make us happy. He is the best dad in the world! I love him!
country: United States of America
-Christine, Florence, KY

My favorite times with my dad can only happen from Friday through Sunday.My dad works the whole week, he has TWO jobs.I love going to stores with him on the weekend.I tell him things that happen at school that I wouldn't tell even my mom.I LOVE my dad so much.I hope he will always be there for me!!!!
-Jazzy, Austin, TX